The skyline as theatre

Tebut Isfar, an original Maltese-language play by Clare Azzopardi, will be staged at the Valletta Campus Theatre (ex MITP) next month, highlighting the challenges of over development.

The story follows the owner of a small coffin shop, Ġorġ, as he interacts with a developer who wants to turn his shop into a boutique hotel. The play addresses highly-topical issues of construction in Malta, which goes hand-in-hand with the abuse of our right to live in a clean environment. The main theme of the play is the gentrification of Valletta, but Azzopardi also explores the arrogance of the business class, and the exploitation of their strong ties to people in power.
However, according to director Marcelle Teuma: “There is a lightness intermingling the heaviness of the situations that have been created by the playwright.”

In fact, despite the often-dark and eccentric storyline, the cast – consisting of well-known local actors Mariele Żammit, Peter Galea, Leigh Ann Abela and Anthony Ellul – are able to bring an element of humour and lightness to the piece.
Commenting on the void of Maltese speaking theatre locally, playwright Clare Azzopardi said” “I am happy to see more Maltese-language plays being performed locally, thanks to Teatru Malta and Unifaun Theatre Productions.”

Tebut Isfar will be performed at Valletta Campus Theatre (ex MITP) on 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28 October 2018. The play is supported by the Malta Arts Fund and the University of Malta. Tickets start from €12 and can be purchased at

Monique Chambers

Monique started indulge in 2011 and has since created Indulge Me GIFT and Indulge Me FOOD and volume 1 of The Artists Directory - Malta. A marketing professional by trade, Monique's passion is to promote local talent and Malta in general. Free time is her biggest indulgence, when she can tinker in her craft room or the kitchen, or be selfish with a book, the sofa and good glass of wine (of course, wearing something beautiful and with freshly coiffed hair!)

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